Website Updated on 21/05/2024

All Course information on these pages is the 2024 program.  Members who have not enrolled but now want to, need to both  enroll for the new courses, and contact each group's coordinator to ask if they might join.

The May 2024 Newsletter is available on the Newsletters /  Historical Newsletters page and also the 2024 Full Course Details (20 pages) and the Summary of Courses (4 pages) if you wish to read or print them.  The Financial Audit is also available here.

The latest Newsletter from the Porirua u3a (formerly Mana) is available on the Newsletters page

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National Shakespeare Festival 2024

To give it its full name  
SGCNZ UOSWSF National Shakespeare Festival 2024

Special General Meeting

Monday June 24th 10.00 to midday has been confirmed by the bowling club for our midyear meeting.

This will be a special general meeting with the courses slide show to follow.  Please come at 10.00 for tea/coffee and biscuits, followed by the meeting at 10.20.

Agenda for SGM

  1. Check for Quorum
  2. Appointment of secretary and chair 
  3. Request for 2025 courses co-ordinator
  4. Membership cards
  5. 2023 financial papers
  6. 2024 draft constitution 
  7. 2026 subscription 

The New Proposed Constitution

The following is helpful information about the process.

Why do we have to fuss about a constitution?

There has been an international problem about people setting up false community groups, sometimes charities, sometimes community groups, through which they have laundered money made from drug selling etc.

So to prevent this they have passed a law in 2022 which demanded certain ways of behaving in an incorporated society to prevent such dubious uses.

A government department, MBIE, (I am not sure what the initials stand for) designed a online tool to help us write our constitution, with the following headings:

Introductory Rules covering name, definitions and purpose and the Act which sets out the rules, restrictions.

Members including the types of members, consent to be a member, the process of becoming a member, subscriptions, ceasing to be a member.

General Meetings including procedures at these meetings, when held, what business, and special general meetings.

Committee is about how many members of the Committee and what it can do and what powers.

Committee meetings includes quorum and frequency.

Officers includes qualifications or more importantly includes what they must not be (under 16 or an undischarged bankrupt) and how elected and for how long and conflicts of interest.

Records all the information such as a register of members.

Finances includes how controlled and managed.

Dispute Resolution a process to manage a dispute.

Liquidation and removal from the register.

Alterations to the Constitution.


Hope this helps….  Marian Hobbs

Tawa u3a Constitution Documents

Since the meeting on April 16th when everyone who wished made comments, this version 3 has been produced.  We expect no further ammendments will be required and therefore the SGM will be the occasion when this Constitition will be RATIFIED by the members.

If you find some part of version 3 that in your opinion  needs to be amended, then you should submit your proposed ammendment in writing well before the SGM, so that it can be notified to members and voted on at the SGM.

A .pdf version  is now available  on the Newsletters page. while the   .doc version is available by clicking "Constitution" below.


Kay Luck

It is with sadness that we share the news of Kay’s passing.  Although busy tutoring her grandson she was very involved with U3A. 

Being part of the Keep Fit, Quiz and Travel Adventures groups she spread her wings in the Write it! Group.  In this group we discovered her quirky sense of humour as she described her early days in Cornwall with her late husband, George, as they built heir puzzle business.  It seems that if anything could go wrong it did, but they always came up triumphant.

She also co-edited the Write it! Group’s book “We Write”, in which many of her writings are included.  When they emigrated to New Zealand they made their home so welcoming with a large busy garden full of colour.

Our thoughts go out to their family thanking them for allowing us to share a little of Kay’s life. She was so vibrant and so special.

Writing Group Articles   Updated 31/3/24

This  Month's Feature Stories:  Like Water
She said our lives could never meld
We were like oil and water
She led me down a stony path
Like a lamb to slaughter.
                 (click on the "click here" ... below, for the rest of the poem)

Older stories:  Seven Reasons Bucket List; Paris Fashions; Italian Republic Day;  Stones;  A Sense of Place  - Lola Gudsell;  I Couldn't Believe He Would Say That -Brian Brasell;  A Challenge; Carpets and Holy Sox;  Birds by Barbara Boivin; Cities; A Saga;  When I Grow Up; The Storm; Padma -about my life; Educating the Neighbours (and Others) – by Ainsley;  I'm Not Dead Yet ; One ANZAC Day; Leaving ; Epidemic of Love ; Book Published

Poetry:  Where is My Land;  When I was Young

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Hiking for Fitness and Health   (updated 8/1/24)

U3A members are invited to join an established local hiking group to maintain fitness, health and wellbeing. A medium fitness level is required. We meet at Tawa Rugby Club on Thursdays at 9am, for departure 9.20am. A koha is given to the drivers of vehicles each week.

We hike anywhere in the Wellington region and all are lunch hikes. An email as to where we are going, is sent out by the Group leader on the Wednesday prior to the hike, and their choice of hike is based on weather conditions etc. You will need standard hiking gear plus walking poles if you use them, plus morning tea, lunch and water.

This is a well organized and friendly group.

U3A Contact Allan Johnson    0211381233

Recycling Items
The Tawa Lions are running a recycling project.  You may like to contribute.

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Welcome to Tawa U3A

Tawa U3A is a group of people who are free during the day to gather for activities of interest.

We organise courses to teach subjects of interest like Art , Ancestry or Ukulele.

There are Discussion groups where you can express your point of view, and games both indoor and outdoor.

Talks are arranged on topics of interest like Health, History or Travel. We cooperate with other U3A groups and share sessions.

All up, we offer more than 40 learning and social opportunities at minimal cost.

You are certain to find some things that are of interest to you.  


You can email to any committee members on the "Contact Us" page

How to join U3A

Joining U3A Tawa can be done with a minimum of fuss. An easy way is to ring or email one of our Committee members whose names and contacts appear in the Contact Us page of this site.  You can also use our ENROL page or contact info email at the bottom of this page. The bank account numbers for paying the annual sub are also in the Contact Us page or you can pay to a Committee member. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Welcome to U3A Tawa.

You become a member of U3A Tawa by informing us of your name, address, phone number (and email if you have one) and paying the annual subscription.  You can cease being a member either by asking us to remove your name from our list or by not paying the subscription before May each year.

Coming up in the next seven days...

Monday, 27 May 2024
10:00am - Books2 [BK2] RUNS ALL YEAR - Member's home
1:15pm - 2:30pm - Choir [CHR] (U3A Singers) RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Union Church
9:30am - 11:30am - Meccano [MEC] RUNS ALL YEAR - Member's home
Thursday, 30 May 2024
10:00am - 12:00pm - Art Group [ART] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Community Centre
10:00am - Ramblers [RBS] RUNS ALL YEAR - Meet at Davies Street/Luckie Street car-park
9:30am - 11:30am - Table Tennis [TTN] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Community Centre Hall
Friday, 31 May 2024
10:00am - 12:00pm - Scrap-Booking / Cards [SCB] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Community Centre
1:00pm - 2:30pm - Ukulele Strum [UKU] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Community Centre
10:00am - 11:00am - Tai Chi [TCM] Jointly with Mana U3A - Tawa Union Church Hall
10:00am - 12:00pm - Petanque [PET] RUNS ALL YEAR - Aotea Lagoon
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